International Observe the Moon Night
Saturday, September 26
It is that time of year again where we all take a bit of time to admire our nearest neighbor in space: Luna – our very own moon. On Saturday, September 26 join in with millions around the world learning, observing, and connecting online all in honor of our moon. Visit the NASA site to get moon resources, learn 10 ways of experiencing the moon, find local groups holding events (with proper social distancing of course) and find connections to share your lunar impressions. You can even register to host your own event and join the over 1500 events around the globe!
Step Away From the Screen!
Look away from your screens for some quick and easy fun things to do! We’ve all been logging extra screen time recently and Andalo is sharing some favorite activities that are so simple. Try ours or share yours! Tag us in your photos.
CreARTivity 360 Tour
Welcome to the latest 360 tour of the Children’s Museum of Virginia! In this tour you will learn about all things art. Take a stroll through the tour with your device or with 360 eyewear. Click on the icons to reveal interesting facts, historical insights, or have access to cool artistic activities. Animate your toys, make a self portrait like an artist, or learn about architecture. Click the red arrows to move about the exhibit and reveal more activities!
Andalo Explores Historic NASA Firsts
Andalo was excited to watch the launch of Space X Dragon and Falcon 9 rockets on May 30, 2020. The crew is Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, both veterans of flight with the Air Force and Marine Corps, respectively. They were successful in this historic flight launching from American soil for the first time since 2011. Let’s highlight another historic first when NASA astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison flew on the Shuttle Endeavor for Mission STS-47 in September of 1992.
It’s Not So Black and White: Discussing Race and Racism
Scholastic Article – Discussing racial issues can make children uncomfortable. Here, educator and scholar Dr. Beverly Tatum shares her wisdom on teaching about slavery and race-related issues.
TalkING About Race
National Museum of African American History & Culture – Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. We are here to provide tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation.
Architectural Scavenger Hunt
Talk a walk and learn about the structural details along the way. This scavenger hunt challenges young architects to find features in their own neighborhood.
The Bathtub Bottle Rocket
Bubbles from the reaction in the bottle will make the bottle move around the tub. Have children talk about solids, liquids, and gases. This can easily be repeated a number of times for fun. Try varying the amounts of baking soda and vinegar to see what changes. Be sure to record your results and share with us!
Owls…Whooo Are They?
Living things all need food, water, shelter, and a suitable place to live. In this short preschool lesson, we will discuss the letters B, O and P. Key vocabulary terms include: Bird, Owl, Prey, and Predator. The end of the lesson includes an Owl Song with movements that follow the lyrics.
Coffee Filter Craft
Coffee filters can be used in many crafts with a few supplies and imagination. Washable marker ink spreads well across the filter when spritzed with water and creates fun designs. Be sure to have a surface that can tolerate water and marker ink. The instructions are for jellyfish and planets—what can you create? Tag us in your photos!
My Backyard and Beyond
Nature and our environment take center stage. Start your tour inside our model house and play games, study our environmental impact and dig deeper into recycled building materials. More games, videos, crafts, lessons and story time await as you make your way through the backyard towards the beyond. Follow the red arrows to navigate the tour. Click all the icons to reveal the great variety of activities. There are a lot of things to see and do, take your time, come back often.
Make Your Own Dyed Pasta
Turning pasta into a variety of colors is fun and simple, but a bit stinky! When dried, the noodles can be used in art projects, sensory bins, or for counting and sorting. Store them in airtight containers to keep for another day.
Be Your Own Weather Person – Make a Rain Gauge
Explore how to measure rain in this fun hands-on weather activity.
Be Your Own Weather Person – Make a Barometer
Explore the weather with this great exercise that shows steps on how to make your own barometer to measure pressure changes.
360 Tour of Dr. Forces
Explore Dr. Force’s Traveling Energy Extravaganza. Be shocked and amazed by some of the most basic laws of science in 360 degrees. Is it magic or science? You be the judge. (You may take the tour via your device or use in VR googles!)
Birth of Planet Earth
Birth of Planet Earth tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins. Scientist believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of Earth. How did Earth become a living planet despite our solar system’s violent beginning? What does its history tell us about the chance of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like? Take in this special, visually advanced show on your own computer. Just a reminder that there will be some anti-piracy notice scrolling during parts of the show. Hopefully that won’t diminish your enjoyment of the presentation.
Celebrate Earth Day with a “Color Walk!”
Gather those that are at home with you, grab a notebook and pencil and don your walking shoes. Decide on a color that you’ll notice as you walk through the neighborhood and note everything you see of that color on your walk. While you’re walking, you might observe some spots that need help with trash pick up or other beautification efforts. Discuss how your family can help Earth by doing a small part.
Clouds & Becoming a Citizen Scientist
One of the most important things any scientist can do is to make observations about his or her surroundings. Keeping observation data allows scientists to make certain theories and predictions about their environment. In this activity, you will learn about the fascinating world of clouds. With a little training, YOU can become a citizen scientist observing the sky and relating your findings to NASA and the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) network.
Wacky Racers Lab
You may have had some fun playing with our Wacky Racers exhibit in Dr. Forces Travelling Energy Extravaganza. There are two different track setups in the exhibit. You can race your racer down either set of tracks. One set of tracks is lower than the other. How does that affect the speed of your racer? In this design lab, you will learn about potential energy and kinetic energy using a simulation app.